The Scripture scholarship of Fr. Joseph Ponessa and the teaching expertise of Laurie Manhardt have again produced an exceptional Catholic Bible study, The Gospel of John. The authors employ both inductive and deductive teaching methods to provide the reader with a thorough understanding of the Gospel. They take nothing for granted as they open this gospel and the teaching of the Church in a manner both didactic and inspirational.

Some of the outstanding features of this study include:

  • Numerous references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Beautiful illustrations and design
  • Engaging questions and helpful hints for study
  • Rich teachings from the saints and Church Fathers
  • Scriptural teaching applied to life situations
  • Treasured Catholic prayers and devotions


About the Authors

Fr. Joseph Ponessa, S.S.D., was ordained in 1974. He earned a doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and reads Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, French and German. He serves in the diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana.

Laurie Watson Manhardt, PhD, earned a doctorate from the University of Michigan. She and her husband Jim participate in the Come and See Catholic Bible Study group in their parish, St. Helen’s in Vero Beach, Florida.

About the Series

Especially designed for families to do together, the Come and See Catholic Bible study series presents the rich heritage of the Catholic faith in clear and simple language. With its practical direction for leaders, easy-to-use workbook format, and appealing design, this Bible study series is ideal for use in the classroom, home study, or parish catechesis.

Companion DVDs Available:   These multi-media materials offer additional commentary from the authors and footage of the Holy Land.


“Catholics should be outstanding in their knowledge of the Bible, not just as a weapon of apologetics, but in order to know and to relish God’s holy Word, which has been handed down to us in the Sacred Scriptures. The Come and See series of study guides on the Bible will help thousands of Catholic men and women come to a deeper appreciation of their faith.”

—Kenneth Baker, S.J., Former Editor, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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